With the fall Open Water Meet being moved to October, and some teams/swimmers still uncertain about going to meet in October, there was no qualifying meet for the 2021 NCS Open Water Zone team, which will swim in the Southern Zone Open Water meet in Chattanooga on June 5 & 6. There will be a loosen up swim at the lake on June 4th.
A few things that are going to be different this year for the 2021 Open Water Zones.
1. It will not be a team travel trip. The parents/swimmers will be responsible for getting to Chattanooga, and to the lake. They will be responsible for making and paying for hotel arrangements, along with their own food. NC Swimming will be sending three coaches and one official to the meet. The coaches will be Head Coach Brett Ciancanelli, Assistant Coach/Manager Jonathan Bescher, Assistant Coach Blake Addison, and Official Leigh Ciancanelli. All costs associated with the trip will be the responsibility of the Parent/Guardians of the swimmer.
There will be a timeline so the swimmers know when to show up. We will be working on getting a block of hotel rooms near the lake. This will allow the swimmers to decide on how they want to travel to the meet. If some swimmers wanted to room together, that would not be on NC Swimming, that would be purely up to the families involved.
2. Team selection will be determined by an application process. We will be asking for 500, 1000, and 1650 times, along with any Open Water experience you may have.
The application will open on 2/1/2021, and close on 2/28/2021. The closing date will be after Senior and Age Group Champs. The link to the application will be posted on the NCS website and sent out closer to the 2/1/2021 date.
The selection committee will consist of John Payne, Jonathan Bescher, David McDevitt, JP Merchant, and Amy Faulk.
The team will be announced on Monday 3/15/2021.
3. There will be a slight cost for the event to cover the registration fee. Once we get that cost, we will make sure to include it in the application along with any reminders. This will be the only thing that will need to be paid to NC Swimming.
4. The NCS Open Water Zone team will now be sponsored by Speedo. Swimmers will still be getting gear for the meet.
If you have any questions about the process, please contact Jonathan Bescher at firstname.lastname@example.org